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Melton Mowbray

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Melton Mowbray[1] - usually referred to locally as just Melton - is a market town in the county of Leicestershire, England. It is famous for the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and as the centre of Stilton Cheese production.

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Melton lies about 15 miles (25km) north-east of Leicester.

Train services are provided by East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry on the Birmingham - Leicester - Peterborough line, with services about hourly in both directions (a bit more frequently during rush hours, and a very poor service on Sundays).

Buses also go to/from Leicester, Oakham, Nottingham, Loughborough and Grantham. However it is worth noting that only Leicester is accessible by bus on a Sunday. Service provided by Arriva buses.[2]. All other local services in and out of Melton appear to be provided by Paul James Coaches [3]

Get around[edit]

The town centre is fairly small and can generally be done on foot. Most of the main shops and streets are wheelchair/pram friendly. The main shopping area is pedestrianised apart from delivery vehicles.

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Burrough Hill is a neolithic hill fort about 6 km/4miles south-east of Melton, with high ramparts and excellent views over a lot of Leicestershire.

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  • Sysonby Knoll Hotel and restaurant (http://www.sysonby.com), Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray (Take the A6006 Asfordby Road from town, Sysonby Knoll is about 1km from centre on the left), 01664 563563, [4]. Traditional and modern food served in a very relaxed colonial style restaurant - not a typical hotel restaurant. Sysonby Knoll has excellent gardens and is also open for teas/ coffees etc during the day. Particularly popular for Sunday Lunch.  edit
  • The Eating House on Sherrard Street is certainly the best English/Continental restaurant in town, at quite reasonable prices.
  • There are three Indian Restaurants, where the quality - and service - seem to vary almost by the day; Tandoori Knights, The Spice Club and Apurba.
  • The Jasmine House Chinese restaurant, is recommended and very popular at weekends.


  • The newishThai Sabah restaurant on Burton Street providing an comprehensive [if slightly expensive] menu, excellent service and tasty food.

Some of the best places to eat out are the pubs in nearby villages, which often use locally sourced foods. The Friday Night Hunger, a celebrated group of local gourmands, include the following in their recommendations:-

  • The Nags Head at Saltby - particularly for their fish, chips and mushy peas;
  • The Crown Inn[5] at Sproxton;
  • The Rose & Crown at Hose - for an excellent selection of guest ales;
  • The Stag & Hounds[6] at Borrough on the Hill - good solid pub grub at 2 meals for £11;
  • The Golden Fleece at South Croxton;
  • La Table d'Yves,[7] the French restaurant part of The Fox Inn at Thorpe Satchville - the food's very good.
  • Eye Kettleby Lakes[8]- not actually a pub, but a collection of holiday chalets with a good restaurant attached;

and further afield,

  • PJ's Pie Pub[9] at Burton Coggles south of Grantham - You need to order your pie in advance. The food is excellent and the host pleasantly eccentric;
  • The Old Barn at Glooston.

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The Harboro Hotel[10] has a good variety of traditional real ales and offers an excellent Sunday lunch.

The nearby Noel's Arms also has real ales, and live bands on Fridays and Saturdays. The bands tend to be formulaically loud.

The Crown next door to St Mary's Church is a splendid pub, the landlord Mr Trettis being the longest serving in the town. Sunday lunches are of a very high standard.

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  • Sysonby Knoll Hotel (http://www.sysonby.com), Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, [11]. 30 bedroom family run hotel and restaurant on outskirts of Melton Mowbray.  edit
  • The Lodge B&B (http://www.thelodgebandb.com/), LE14 4UB, [12]. The Lodge offers exclusive and unique Bed & Breakfast accommodation in what was originally the gate house to Scalford Hall. Only 2 miles from the market town of Melton Mowbray, well known for it's world famous Pork Pies, Stilton Cheese, and other gourmet foods. And 1/2 mile from the attractive village of Scalford.  edit


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